Golf: Gallagher follows the leader

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SWANSTON New’s John Gallagher was breathing down the neck of the leader at the halfway stage in the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour Championship at Son Gual in Mallorca.

The former Scottish Amateur champion opened his title bid in the £10,000 event with a one-under-par 71. It put him in a tie for second, two shots behind leader Greig Hutcheon from Banchory.

With a £4,000 first prize up for grabs, Hutcheon, the 2010 Tartan Tour No.1, bagged five birdies in his opening effort, but both Gallagher and Chris Currie, who ended last year by giving a good account of himself in the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship, were still in touch with a round to go. So too was Duddingston’s James McGhee after his opening 73.

Braid Hills-attached Paul McKechnie looked to have too much work on his hands to catch the leader after a 75, the same score posted by Whitekirk’s Paul Wardell.

Dunbar’s Neil Fenwick was further down the field after a 77, while Mark Kerr opened with a nightmare 82.